Malawi will not be represented at the Africa Union Region Five Games, formerly Zone VI Games, in netball after Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) failed to process birth certificates in time.
Team Malawi delegation left on Tuesday without the country’s potential gold medalists the Under-17 netball team.
Sources at Malawi National Council of Sports said netball was dropped after the NAM delayed to process the birth certificates which attracted a heavy fine from the organisers of the game for them to be allowed an late entries.
The source said Sports Council advised NAM that it should shoulder the cost of paying the fine which the failed to do.
“We advised every association to process the birth certificates for their athletes in good time at least one year before the tournament,” said the source.
“Most of the associations earmarked for the games managed to process but NAM and Boxing Association of Malawi failed to submit the birth certificates within the given deadline. That’s why netball and boxing will not be represented at the games.”
A renowned netball coach said it was lost opportunity for Malawi to reclaim the gold medal they lost to South Africa in the previous tournament held in Lusaka Zambia in 2012.
“We have a lot of good young players who have come through a number of talent scouting exercises,” said the coach.
“This would have given Malawi a chance to tap more talent from the youth.”
The coaching cited Joyce Mvula, Laureen Ngwira, Takondwa Lwazi, who have graduated to the senior national team, as products of the 2012 gold medal winning team held in Swaziland.
Malawi will be represented in football, the games’2008 champions, lawn tennis, basketball, and paralympic.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :